The educational system in Denmark – interview with his Excellency Ambassador Kaare E. Janson

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The educational system in Denmark – interview with his Excellency Ambassador Kaare E. Janson

–  Mr. Janson, universities in Denmark admit more and more foreign students. What is the explanation of this attractiveness of the educational system in Denmark?

–  The educational system in Denmark is known for its innovativeness and diversity. Danish universities and business schools perform ground-breaking research with researchers coming from all over the world. With the increasing number of foreign students admitted into Danish universities, the study environment is also characterized by diversity and multiplicity.

– What are the admission criteria that a Bulgarian student should meet in order to study in Denmark?

As EU citizens Bulgarian students can stay in Denmark for three months according to EU rules. After three months you need a registration certificate to stay in Denmark. You can get a registration certificate if you are a student at an educational institution accredited or financed by public authorities and if you can provide for yourself during your stay in Denmark. See more information on and

– Will foreign students be able to cope with the life in Denmark if they don’t know Danish, but only English?

Most of the time it will not be a problem for foreign students to cope with life in Denmark if they don’t know Danish. Most Danes speak or understand some level of English and this is especially visible in the educational system where a vast number of students and lecturers are foreign.

–  In what extent do universities and schools in Denmark use modern technologies in the educational process, e.g. e-learning?

– Danish higher education institutions are increasingly using e-learning. Some university are using iPads in their lectures and most material for courses and communication with the faculty is online, for instance via the Blackboard system.

–  What are the opportunities for scholarships for foreign students?

–  There are various possibilities for international students to apply for scholarships in Denmark. For further information please check:

– Is it possible for students to study and work at the same time? Are there any legal restrictions for the number of work hours for students?

– Yes, it is possible for foreign students to work in Denmark. There are no restrictions to the number of hours EU citizens can work while studying in Denmark.

– Are there opportunities for Bulgarian students who started their education in Bulgaria to transfer into Danish university?

– In Denmark each institution is responsible for its own admissions. To obtain further information, you can visit the websites of the respective further education institutions.
The Danish Agency for International Education provides information about the assessment of foreign qualifications, for further information please visit: to apply for a undergraduate programme. You need to hold a qualification comparable to a Danish qualifying examination. The individual institution should be consulted regarding the terms to be met. For postgraduate programmes an internationally recognized Bachelor’s Degree of good standard or equivalent, proof of proficiency in English and proof of proficiency in Danish if the programme is taught in Danish.

Additionally all programmes require a certain level of English language sufficiency. For this purpose some students need to take a TOEFL or IELTS test.

– What are the opportunities for youth exchange between Denmark and Bulgaria – educational programs, vacations?

–  There are several opportunities for youth exchange between Denmark and Bulgaria. You can for instance visit, where you exchange homes with aDane for a period. The other person then borrows your home for a similar period, which eliminates the costs of staying in hotel. Most universities also offer summer school courses, for more information visit the websites of the respective institutions.

Denmark is best to visit during the summer as the weather in this period is best. The cities come to life and parks, beaches and caf?s are full of life with many people enjoying the weather.

–  What percent of GDP of Denmark is being spent on education and science?

–  Education and science are highly prioritized in Denmark, which is reflected by the fact that Denmark is the country in the world which has the highest expenditure on education in relation to the GDP. 8% of the GDP is allocated the higher educations.

–  In what extent does your government tolerates the conversion of education into business – the existence of private universities and schools?

– The conversion of education into business in Denmark is frequently discussed in the political and public arena. The now former liberal government often suggested privatisation of educational facilities in Denmark; however this was not implemented. The discussion is marked by arguments suggesting that privatisation will increase competitiveness and the quality of the educational facilities, while opponents fear that universities will become unattainable for some as they will now have the means to cover the tuition fees.

In general: visit: for rules and regulations about staying in
Denmark and for information about studying in Denmark.

Websites of educational institutions in Denmark:

Aalborg University:
Aarhus University:
Copenhagen University:
University of Southern Denmark:
Copenhagen Business School:
Aarhus School of Business:
Technical University of Denmark:
The Royal Danish Academy of Music:

Picture: Embassy of Denmark

Interviewer: Iliyana Valcheva

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